Madison, TN asked in Contracts, Business Formation and Business Law for Tennessee

Q: If my LLC doesn't have an operating agreement and a member decides to leave do they owe the company for any debt?

A member has decided, of their own will, to leave the LLC. The LLC is in debt and doesn't have an operating agreement. Does the withdrawing member owe any money to the LLC as buying themselves out?

1 Lawyer Answer
Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Depends on the debt. Are they personally obligated? Is the business just in debt? Or does it have a positive fair market value? Typically, without an operating agreement, when a member quits the LLC pays fair market under TCA 48-249-505. But there are other considerations as well. Consult counsel for a determination.

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